A new species of venomous snake has been found in Northern Australia.
Biologists from the University of Queensland discovered the previously unheard of bandy-bandy serpentine on a remote peninsula in the wilderness.
The reptile was discovered while scientists were conducting a sea snake survey.
The creature is small and narrow and its scales are black with white stripes, and contains deadly venom.
Bryan Fry, a professor at the University of Queensland, commented: ''Bandy-bandy is a burrowing snake, so Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Museum and I were surprised to find it on a concrete block by the sea,''
''We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble waiting to be loaded onto a ship.''